For a River Heritage Museum at Grand Canyon National Park

Conservation Challenges

Whereas most of the boats in the Grand Canyon collection are safely protected and preserved on the South Rim, a few remain in the Canyon. These present a conservation challenge to the Park Service and those who value the history of the Colorado. Should they remain where they were abandoned, a continuing landmark and story point, yet slowly dissolving into the desert slopes? Or should they be removed to the Rim for stabilization and preservation for future generations to appreciate? There are strong arguments on both sides. Until decisions are made, however, these boats are an invaluable part of the river experience. Two in particular stand out, both, oddly enough, built by the same man.

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